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Northwestern Saskatchewan

Census Division 16 – Blaine Lake, Canwood, North Battleford, Radisson and Spiritwood areas
Census Division 17 – Glaslyn, Maidstone, Meadow Lake, Pierceland and St. Walburg areas


For the Period June 4 to 10, 2024

Most producers have wrapped up seeding within the region, but excessive moisture is posing challenges to seeding completion in the region’s more northern areas. A few producers note that it is likely some acres will not be seeded due to the excessive moisture currently in the fields.

Rain fell throughout the region over the past week with heavy rainfall amounts recorded in the northern areas of the region. The highest amount recorded was in the Hafford area at 60 mm followed by the Meadow Lake area at 55 mm. The North Battleford area received 45 mm and the Prince Albert area received 39 mm.

Topsoil moisture continues to increase within the region this week. Cropland topsoil moisture is six per cent surplus and 94 per cent adequate. Hayland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 96 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Pasture topsoil moisture is one per cent surplus, 97 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Most crops fall within the normal stages of development for this time of year, but many are starting to fall behind in development. This is due to excessive moisture, cooler temperatures and delays to seeding progress from rainfall. Oilseed crops and annual forages are the furthest behind at 40 per cent and 37 per cent respectively.

Producers report many crops are in excellent to good condition throughout the region. Canola in some areas within the region is falling slightly behind the reported good conditions for the other crops. A full summary of individual crop conditions for the region can be viewed in the attached crop conditions table.

Minor crop damage was reported in the region due to frost, wind and cutworms over the past week. Moderate crop damage occurred due to flea beetles with some producers taking control measures. Excessive moisture is also causing crop damage due to flooded and drowned out areas within fields and is raising concerns for root rot and leaf disease development within the region.

Northwest Saskatchewan
Crop Per cent ahead Per cent normal Per cent behind
Fall Cereals 0 68 32
Spring Cereals 3 67 30
Oilseeds 2 58 40
Pulse Crops 0 86 14
Perennial Forage 0 94 6
Annual Forage 0 63 37

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